How to End the Criminalization of America's Mothers
by SARAH JAFFEE, MARIAME KABA, RANDY ALBELDA and KATHLEEN GEIER, The Nation
Aug 24, 2014 | 813 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nightmarish stories about about the criminalizing of motherhood have been making headlines of late. There was Shanesha Taylor, arrested on child abuse charges for leaving her kids in a car to go to a job interview; Debra Harrell, locked up for child abuse for letting her 9-year-old play at a nearby park while she worked her shift at McDonald's; Mallory Loyola, the first woman to be charged under a new Tennessee law that makes it a crime to take drugs while pregnant; and Eileen Dinino, who died serving a jail sentence because she was too poor to pay legal fees from her kids' truancy cases.

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